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Newsletter No.119 Monday 01-11-21



Newsletter No.119 Monday 01-11-21

Semester 1 Week 8

Huge thanks to out Maths Department for a fantastic Maths Week, even VS Ware got in on the jokes with Mr. Ludden's holiday plans. It was a great week with lots of students involvement, well done all.

Antibullying Week.

The 4th November will mark the UNESCO International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying. This is the second-ever International Day and is being led by the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre.

This week in our college we want to strengthen the work that our school does around anti-bullying by:

  1. Rewarding positive behaviours: If students are polite in class, say thank you, greet you on the corridor or do something nice for a classmate please give them merits and let them know that it is because of their positive behaviour. If tutors could let students know that this is happening that would be appreciated
  2. Establishing the Student Anti-bullying Committee: 6th year students will call to your classes to look for volunteers for our student committee. Please encourage students to participate as we really would like student voice to be heard in how we tackle bullying.
  3. Anti-bullying Logo/slogan Competition: Students are invited to design a logo or slogan for the anti-bullying committee to use across our school. If students are designing logos in your class, we would appreciate if you could take pictures and tweet them with the #AntiBullyingInAction
  4. Focusing on Anti-Bullying in Tutorial and SPHE/SPHERE: Below are two links, one to a podcast and one to an article which discuss the impact of bullying. Please share them with your classes during tutorial or SPHE/SPHERE and discuss the role of the bully and bystanders.

This week on Newstalk, we’re Standing Up To Bullying | Newstalk

This week on Newstalk, we’re Standing Up To Bullying

This week on Newstalk, we’re Standing Up To Bullying. Across the station we’ll hear from teachers, parents, and students about their experiences and what needs to change in our schools. We ...

This Day aims to build global momentum to prevent and address bullying, cyberbullying and other forms of online violence involving children and young people, by raising awareness of the issue, sharing what works to address it, and mobilizing governments, experts and the educational community. We want you to join this movement and take part in our campaign to celebrate the day.
#AntiBullyingInAction Campaign

To mark this day in Ireland, the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre is running a campaign with schools across the country called #AntiBullyingInAction. We want to hear what initiative your school is running to tackle Bullying, Cyberbullying and/or Online Safety. How does it work? What impact does it make?

Tell us what you are doing or going to do in your school to tackle bullying and the other issues. You can submit an A4 page of initiatives you already run or plan to run in your school.

Best In Ireland

In conjunction with the Department of Education, all entries will feature on the National Anti-Bullying Website and the best entries will feature in an Anti-Bullying Best Practice Guide for schools. This will be published after the 4th of November and launched by the Minister for Education in December. This guide will be made available to all schools. Newstalk will also cover the best entries during the week of the 4th of November.

Minister Norma Foley will also be reviewing the submissions. So make sure to get one in to highlight what you are doing in your school to tackle these issues.

Have your school featured

To enter an initiative from your school HERE on the website.

Your initiative can take the form of a video, poster, PowerPoint presentation or a story of a successful anti-bullying or online safety initiative in action.

The closing date for entries is 27th October at 5 pm.

Share on Social

Share your initiative on social by tagging @antibullyingcen and using the hashtag #antibullyinginaction #tacklebullying - Use one of the images attached if you wish! Don't forget to tag us!

Find out more by watching our campaign video:

Or downloading our Campaign PDF attached to this email.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us this month by email at

Kind Regards

Colm Canning

Student Device Checks

Student device checks have begun again this week. Please speak to your son/daughter about their device usage and make sure that they are aware that their device is an educational tool and shouldn’t be used to access games or any communication/social media software during school hours.

No gaming software should be downloaded onto the device as they could contain viruses that will affect the performance of the device and lead to issues. Google Chrome is also not permitted to be installed on a student device for the same reason. Chrome allows students to install unverified and unmonitored extensions which puts their digital safety at risk.

To check for unwanted apps, you can do the following: type ‘apps’ into the search bar of the device, click the first option that appears in the suggestions list. This will bring you to the apps list where you can see exactly what is installed on the device. If you see an app that shouldn’t be on the device, click it & an ‘uninstall’ box will appear. Click this to remove the software from the device.

GAA Results

The junior gaelic footballers this week had a 5-15 to 1-8 win against Beneavin De La Salle, Finglas today in their first championship match. Hartstown are next up in the D15 derby!

1st Year Parent/Students/Teacher Meeting

The 1st Year PST Meeting which is due to take place on Thursday 4/11/2021 will be rearranged for Thursday 18/11/2021 in a format yet to be decided due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. When a final decision on the format of the PST Meeting is decided, information will be made available to parents and students.

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